Finding Aid for the Ralph D. Cornell papers, 1925-1972

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ralph D. Cornell papers
Date (inclusive): 1925-1972
Collection number: 1411
Creator: Cornell, Ralph D.
Extent: 80 boxes (40 linear ft.) 16 cartons (16 linear ft.) 56 oversize boxes 23 oversize folders
Abstract: Ralph D. Cornell was the supervising landscape architect at UCLA from 1937-72. Some of Cornell's other landscape architecture projects included Pomona College, Torrey Pines Park, Los Angeles Music Center, and La Brea Tar Pits. The collection consists of office files, business records, correspondence, photographs, slides, glass negatives, and books related to Ralph D. Cornell's career as a landscape architect and designer.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Vera Barnes Cornell, bequest, 1992.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph D. Cornell papers (Collection 1411). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964537 

Biography

Ralph D. Cornell was born in Holdrege, New England; his family moved to Long Beach, California, in 1908; attended Pomona College, California and Harvard Graduate School of Landscape Architecture; enlisted in U.S. Armed Forces during World War I; supervising landscape architect, UCLA, 1937-72; some of Cornell's other landscape architecture projects included Pomona College, Torrey Pines Park, Los Angeles Music Center, and La Brea Tar Pits; died on April 6, 1972.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of office files, business records, correspondence, photographs, slides, glass negatives, and books related to the career of landscape architect and designer Ralph D. Cornell.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Cornell, Ralph D.--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles--History.
Landscape architects--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Gardens--California, Southern--Design.

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographs.

Related Material

Half a Century as a Southern California Landscape Architect [oral history transcript] / Ralph D. Cornell, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1970. Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.

Container List

Box 1

Projects--photographs.

Boxes 2-4, 7

Ralph D. Cornell library--General interest.

Boxes 5-6

Ralph D. Cornell library--General interest and professional interest.

Boxes 8-9

Ralph D. Cornell library--Professional interest.

Box 10

Ralph D. Cornell library--Horticultural journals and general interest.

Box 11

Ralph D. Cornell library--Horticultural journals.

Boxes 12-17

Ralph D. Cornell library--Professional interest.

Box 18

Slides--sleeves 1-72.

Box 19

Slides--sleeves 73-144.

Box 20

Slides--sleeves 145-216.

Box 21

Slides--sleeves 217-288.

Box 22

Slides--sleeves 289-360.

Box 23

Slides--sleeves 361-432.

Box 24

Slides--sleeves 433-452.

Boxes 25-31, 35, 53

Personal & family.

Boxes 32-34

Personal financial records.

Boxes 36-37

Speeches, lectures, classes by Ralph D. Cornell.

Box 38

Writings by Ralph D. Cornell.

Boxes 39-48, 57

Published articles & photos by Ralph D. Cornell.

Boxes 49-50, 52

Publishers' correspondence.

Box 51

Issues of Lasca Leaves.

Box 54

Plaques, printing plate (oak tree).

Box 55

Conspicuous California Plants.

Box 56

Personal financial records.

Boxes 58-62

Design files.

Box 63

Design files--landscape architecture subject index & plant material index.

Box 64

Office files--early & Cook, Hall & Cornell.

Box 65

Office receipts & miscellaneous business correspondence.

Box 66

Business correspondence & job records.

Boxes 67-69

Job records.

Box 70

Job records & office files.

Boxes 71-74

Office files.

Box 75

Partnership records & job records.

Boxes 76-78

Pomona.

Boxes 79-80

UCLA.

Box 81

Professional associations.

Box 82

Business address files.

Box 83

Theodore Payne.

Box 84

Plans & sketches.

Box 85

Photographs.

Box 86

Sketches, drawings & material collected by Ralph D. Cornell.

Box 87

Sketches, drawings, certificates.

Box 88

Plans.

Box 89

Job records.

Box 90

Office files--cash & checking records 1957-1967.

Box 91

Plaques & printing plates.

Boxes 92-98, 104

Miscellaneous files.

Box 99

Personal--postcards from World War I.

Box 100

Issues of Mastekey.

Box 101

Photographs--scenic views, figure studies.

Box 102

Photographs--Hawaii.

Box 103

Photographs--Europe & Central America.

Box 105

Photographs--including flowerscapes by Ralph D. Cornell.

Box 106

Color negatives (4 × 5) identified by types of plants.

Box 107

Photos of plants by Ralph D. Cornell (A-C).

Box 108

Photos of plants by Ralph D. Cornell (D-N).

Box 109

Photos of plants by Ralph D. Cornell (O-Z).

Box 110

Daniel Webster box.

Box 111

Photos by Ralph D. Cornell & photos by J.W. Garrison.

Box 112

Jobs--photos & negatives. World War II.

Box 113

Jobs--individual photos.

Box 114

Prints & negatives--Monument Valley, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California.

Box 115

Prints & negatives--Hawaii, plants, Jamaica, UCLA.

Box 116

Color negatives--mostly trees.

Box 117

Ralph D. Cornell photo index 1912-1920 of architecture & plant materials.

Boxes 118-120

Glass slides.

Box 121

Black & white prints and negatives--exotic trees, eucalyptus and pines.

Box 122

Black & white prints and negatives--exotic trees A-ES.

Box 123

Black & white prints and negatives--Exotic trees--Pinus-street trees.

Box 124

Black & white prints and negatives--Birds, animals, plants, trees, arboretum, miscellaneous and color transparencies.

Box 125

Black & white prints and negatives--trees--California & Western natives.

Box 126

Black & white prints and negatives--California native shrubs.

Box 127

Black & white prints and negatives--desert plants & California wildflowers.

Box 128

Black & white prints and negatives--succulents, agaves, aloes, & bromeliads.

Box 129

Black & white prints and negatives--palms.

Box 130

Black & white prints and negatives--California wildflowers, aloes & succulents.

Box 131

Black & white prints and negatives--Shrubs, exotics, vines & protaceae.

Box 132

Black & white prints and negatives--Fungi, flowering plants & exotic miscellaneous plants.

Box 133

Black & white prints and negatives--Vines--ground covers.

Box 134

Color transparencies--Rosa bansksiae, protaceae, miscellaneous.

Box 135

Color transparencies--Trees & echiums.

Box 136

Color transparencies--miscellaneous plants.

Box 137

Color transparencies--Palms, bromeliads, cactus, California missions, Santa Fe gardens, miscellaneous.

Box 138

Color transparencies--desert plants, wildflower book, Theodore Payne, cactus.

Box 139

Color transparencies and black & white prints and negatives--Huntington Gardens, Baja & Mexico, miscellaneous plants.

Box 140

Color transparencies--miscellaneous plants, UCLA, Rose Hills.

Box 141

Color transparencies--vines, xerophytes, yuccas.

Box 142

Color transparencies--Shrubs (exotics), shrubs (native), agaves.

Box 143

Color transparencies--Wildflowers, exotics & street trees.

Box 144

Color transparencies--Hawaii, succulents, palms, ground cover, exotic plants, protaceae, vines.

Box 145

Color transparencies--Scenery, miscellaneous and Southwest scenes.

Box 146

Color transparencies--Aloes, bromeliads, cactus, ferns, LASCA, portraits.

Boxes 147-149

Personal effects and camera equipment.

Box 150

Lloyd S. Whaley Garden--Plans, 1949. (5).

Box 151

Palomares Park, Pomona, California--Plans, 1957. (2).

Box 152

Centinela Park, Los Angeles, California--Plans. (5).

Box 153

Redondo Beach Park, California--Plans, 1947. (3).

Box 154

Culver City Recreation Park, California--Plans, 1940 (3).

Box 155

Palm Springs Field Club--Plans.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 156

Oak Park Cemetary, Claremont, California--Plans.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 157

North American Aid Recreation Park, Inglewood, California--Plans.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 158

City of Upland Park--Plans, 1936.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 159

China Garden Tract--Plans, 1927.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 159

Chula Vista Tract--Plans, 1927.

Physical Description: 1 item [In same folder with China Garden Tract].
Box 160

Oak Park Cemetary, Claremont Colleges--Plans.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 161

American Potash and Chemical Corporation. Trona, California--Plans, 1942.

Physical Description: 16 items.
Box 162

National Orange Show--Plans, 1938.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 163

National Orange Show--Plans, 1939-1941.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 164

National Orange Show--Plans, 1948.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 165

National Orange Show--Plans, 1949.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 166

National Orange Show--Plans, 1950.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 167

National Orange Show--Plans, 1951-1955.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 168

National Orange Show--Plans, 1956.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 169

National Orange Show--Plans, n.d.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 170

Renderings.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 171

Art work.

Box 172

Triptych screen [damaged].

Box 173

Renderings.

Box 174

Miscellaneous plans and proof sheets.

Box 175

Miscellaneous plans.

Box 176

Southgate Recreation Park, 1946.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 176

China Garden Tract. Claremont, California, 1928.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 176

Hillside Memorial Park, 1945.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Box 176

Hollywood Boulevard survey.

Physical Description: 2 items [damaged].
Box 177

Chula Vista Tract, August 1927.

Box 177

Sketch plan of Rancho Joaquina. Phoenix, Arizona, January 1925.

Box 177

General plan for a recreation park. Upland California, July 1936.

Box 177

Glen Haven Memorial Park. Los Angeles, California, n.d.

Box 177

Preliminary site development plan for University Elementary School, June 1947.